Vermont man convicted in teacher killing seeks legal review

The killing of beloved prep school teacher Melissa Jenkins shocked the small town of Barnet, Vt. Allen Prue (in left at picture) and his wife, Patricia, were charged with second-degree murder in Jenkins’s strangulation. The Prues previously had plowed Jenkins’s driveway.Read the story on the suspects’ arrest.
The killing of beloved prep school teacher Melissa Jenkins shocked the small town of Barnet, Vt. Allen Prue (in left at picture) and his wife, Patricia, were charged with second-degree murder in Jenkins’s strangulation. –Bill Greene/Globe Staff/File 2012

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who was convicted of killing a teacher in 2012 has filed a second post-conviction relief request.

The Caledonian-Record reports a judge has granted 32-year-old Allen Prue’s attorney 90 days so he can amend his client’s original PCR filing.

Melissa Jenkins (St. Johnsbury police photo) —AP

Prue says in his request that he had ineffective legal counsel during his trial for the kidnapping and killing of Melissa Jenkins.

Prosecutors said Prue and his now ex-wife lured Jenkins out of her St. Johnsbury home with a false claim of car trouble.

They are both serving life sentences.

Prue was one of 215 inmates the Vermont Department of Corrections recently moved to Mississippi over complaints about medical care and inmate deaths at the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania.

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